Libraries: Monitoring best way to stop porn


Libraries: Monitoring best way to stop porn
What's the best way to discourage people from looking at pornography on library computers?
Put the computers where everyone else can see them, say the folks at the Hickory and Catawba County libraries. "All of our screens face out and are visible from all angles," she said. "Occasionally visitors will tell us about someone viewing something that's inappropriate. We really try to stay on top of that."

Citizens Break Into Applause for Library Filters in Owosso, MI

OWOSSO - The Shiawassee District Library Board adopted a revised Internet policy Wednesday night that requires filtering on the organization's public computers, closing the book on a nearly six-month controversy on how the SDL should handle online content.

After the policy was unanimously passed by the Board, many of the residents who packed into the downstairs children's library portion of the Owosso branch broke into applause.

Pornography at library?


A hot debate comes to a peak in Owosso. The question, should computers at a public library have unfiltered internet access?

The debate got started when a 10-year-old girl told her grandmother she saw a man viewing adult material at a library computer.

Some say, adults should be able to access unfiltered internet at the library.

Others say, it's an issue of child safety, and they don't want their tax dollars paying for porn.

Read the full story here.

Outstanding Defense of Library Internet Filters by Dean Marney, NCRL Library Director

If any community is considering Internet filters, Dean Marney's writing is a must read. He the library director at the library that's the defendant in Bradburn v. North Central Regional Library District.

Read his outstanding defense of Internet filters here: "Filtered Internet: Safe, Appropriate," by Dean Marney, The Wenatchee World, 2 July 2009.